First Pitch: Is Tyler Glasnow the Top Prospect in the Pirates’ System?
Aug18

First Pitch: Is Tyler Glasnow the Top Prospect in the Pirates’ System?

We rank prospects on this site twice a year. The biggest set of rankings comes in the off-season, which we release in the annual Prospect Guide. We also release a mid-season update. The mid-season version is usually pretty close to the pre-season rankings, since there usually aren’t too many changes to a player’s prospect status over two months. The key to the mid-season update is to see where the new draft picks fall in,...

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Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Touches 98 MPH in Latest Dominant Start
Aug18

Prospect Watch: Tyler Glasnow Touches 98 MPH in Latest Dominant Start

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Charlie Morton Placed on DL, Brent Morel Recalled
Aug17

Charlie Morton Placed on DL, Brent Morel Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and third baseman Brent Morel has been promoted from Indianapolis and added to the active roster. The move with Morton was made retroactive to August 16th and it was called right hip inflammation. The addition of Morel is likely just temporary as Gerrit Cole is scheduled to return to the Pirates rotation after...

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DSL Pirates Report: Two Players Making Most of Extra Playing Time, One Top Prospect Shutdown
Aug17

DSL Pirates Report: Two Players Making Most of Extra Playing Time, One Top Prospect Shutdown

The Dominican Summer League season is about to enter the final week and the Pirates have been eliminated from the playoffs already. Their record sits at 32-34 and is indicative of the youth on this team. There is a higher number than usual of first year players this year because the Pirates called up so many players with the extra affiliate(Bristol) in the United States, plus the team released eight players that were in the DSL in...

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Morning Report: Why Minor League Playoffs Matter
Aug17

Morning Report: Why Minor League Playoffs Matter

Most of the time we say that minor league records don’t matter, and that’s mostly because it doesn’t give you a sense of how good the farm system can be. Back in the Littlefield era, the Pirates would win league titles and have nothing to show for it down the line because they stacked the teams with older players who were too good for the level, but not good enough to be considered true prospects. That approach...

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First Pitch: Pirates Will Have Some Interesting Financial Decisions This Off-Season
Aug17

First Pitch: Pirates Will Have Some Interesting Financial Decisions This Off-Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates will have an interesting playoff race over the next month and a half. They’re currently 4.5 games back in the NL Central, and half a game back from the second Wild Card spot. So far this season, they’ve had some interesting situations develop that are impacting the playoff race, and will impact the future plans. Those include the emergence of Josh Harrison, the sudden surge from Travis Snider, Pedro...

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